The Famous Salt Spring Island Saturday Market

August 16, 2020
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Visitors stroll among booths under tent canopies at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Art and local produce meet at the famous Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Note: The Salt Spring Island Saturday Market has not operated for most of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. It re-opened on August 8th, 2020 with limited capacity and modified protocols to meet safety standards set by the Provincial Medical Health Officer. It intends to operate that way on Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm until October 31. Market shoppers are encouraged to “shop and go” to respect physical distancing requirements, which means the market atmosphere and overall experience will be a bit different than described in this post. The photos in this post were taken in early October 2019 before the word pandemic became a regular part of our vocabulary. Hopefully the full market experience returns in 2021.

Salt Spring Island is known for its artist community, organic farms, and artisanal food. It is no wonder therefore that it has also become famous for its Saturday market, which brings together local produce and internationally acclaimed arts and crafts.

Salt Spring Island is located in the Strait of Georgia between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast. The Saturday market, with over 140 vendors, is a popular day trip for people from nearby islands and from the mainland. It is a highlight for locals, weekend visitors, and other tourists. The Saturday Market runs each Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm from the first weekend in April or from the Easter weekend, whichever comes first, until the last Saturday in October.

What makes this market so special? I think it is a combination of things. Salt Spring Island has spectacular scenery. The market is located in Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges, the main town on the island. Centennial Park backs onto the harbour and is surrounded by quaint and interesting shops and restaurants. All products must be vendor produced and sold. The goods are truly local and the quality is high. There is live music and entertainment. The laid-back island vibe permeates the market and encourages you to linger, take your time, and chat with the vendors.

To give you a feel for the market, I share photos taken on a couple of fall visits to the Saturday Market.

Vegetable stand containing pumpkin, squash carrots, and beets at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Root vegetables on display at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Assorted produce (ginger, radishes, carrots, beets, mushrooms) at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Carrot cake pieces for sale at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Pastries for sale at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
A cooler of Salt Spring Island Kombucha
Artisan spirits from Salt Spring Shine Distillery for sale at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Sauces on display at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Entertainer at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
A collection of fabric art hanging at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Table containing bright blue, red, and yellow pottery at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Table of products from Saltspring Soapworks at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
I am a big fan of Saltspring Soapworks products
Pottery flower holders at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Fairy doors for sale at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Children’s author Roger Brunt is known as Salt Spring Island’s Fairy Door Man – he also makes hand-crafted fairy doors
Collection of banjos and guitars for sale at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Canopy-covered booths at Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Playground in a Salt Spring Island park
Playground in the park behind the market
View of Ganges Harbour from Centennial Park in Salt Spring Island
Centennial Park borders Ganges Harbour

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  • Reply
    Ken Dowell
    August 17, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Looks great. Pretty sure I’d leave there with an empty wallet.

    • Reply
      Donna Janke
      August 31, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Ken, there is certainly plenty at the market worth getting your wallet out for!

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